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Old 04-04-2011, 01:55 PM
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I have A 1999 F250 2WD. I have found a real nice set of wheels and tires off of a 2011 F350 275/70R 18. I would have to use wheel spacers. This does concern me since I do tow a pretty heavy Toy Hauler. I would be interested on hearing any opinions.
 
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Old 04-04-2011, 02:02 PM
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I ran a wheel spacer on the front of my PSD for around 50,000 miles, I too tow a 37' 5th wheel. I had to use the spacer because my rims had a small ppositive offset and when I went to 37x13.50 tires, they would rub on the leaf springs. I never had a problem with them, however I did only run them until I could afford to get a set of wheels to correct the issue. IMO, you are better off going with the correct wheel instead of tossing a spacer in, it's just one more thing to worry about and one more place something could fail. Good luck, I'm sure others will chime in soon with greater knowledge of the application soon.
 
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:28 PM
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1L, you are gona get a big "don't do it!" from most of us here. Not worth saving a few over safety. Puts a bunch of strain on the front end (actually both ends). Hell, I won't even do that on my quad.
 
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Well here's the deal, it sounds like it's a 2 wd and I doubt he's running extra large tires! If he was running "37" tires it might affect it after a while but if he's running 265-285's I'd do it. Just make sure you get good spacers. The way I think of it is I've got 5-6" spacers in the front of my dulley. All the purpose of it is to keep the wheel and tire where it needs to be. If the wheels he's going with need to be spaced out to center them back up it shouldn't affect the bearings and such. How much offset are we talking about? A buddy of mine just put a set of 08' wheels on his 93' and had to use a 2 1/2" adapter for the lug pattern change and the wheels sit about an 1" wider than the stock wheels and look great and are holding up great!
 
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I wonder what happens to the bearings when y'all put the 8&10" wide wheels that stick out 2&3"'s past the fenders to clear your leaf springs? I'll tell you - it doesn't matter cause it's what you want and it looks good. I guess I'm a defender of spacers cause I got a dually that has em factory on the front and an aftermarket set on the back! Each is own, just know when maintaining you ride that's another set of lugs to remove!
 
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Let's just say that the 2011 18" wheels have 2" offset from my stock 16" wheels. Wouldnt putting a 2" spacer just bring the 2011 wheels out to where my stock wheels are now?
 
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I ran '06 20" wheels on my '99 4x4 with 2" spacers. Made them sit about 1/4" wider than stock wheels. I towed heavy with them hauling bales (20k lbs) and never had a problem. But they can be spendy, I spent $600 on them, but they did what they're suppose to and held up to my loads.

Talk to this guy, I bought my spacers from him, he makes "real" spacers.
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